Galveston Baykeeper and Linde Gas Reach Agreement on Clean Water Act Issues
Galveston Baykeeper and Linde Gas have reached a settlement agreement regarding water discharges from Linde's gas manufacturing facility on the San Jacinto Bay in La Porte, Texas. Under the agreement, Linde will continue to make investments in pollution control systems and operations that will benefit both local fish and wildlife and members of the public. Linde will also contribute $60,000 in funding to Armand Bayou Nature Center to support bayou restoration. Baykeeper, in exchange, has agreed to settle its concerns about water discharges from the facility under the Clean Water Act.
"This is a really good resolution and it was encouraging to see Linde step up and do the right thing for the San Jacinto River," says Kathryn Aguilar, a representative of Galveston Baykeeper. "There is not question that we have a lot of work to clean up the waters that are flowing into Galveston Bay, and we need others who discharge into the San Jacinto River to follow suit."
"We were please to be able to work with Galveston Baykeeper to resolve their issues and help support restoration in Armand Bayou," add Linde representative Jake Leavins. "We take our environmental responsibilities seriously, and we are proud of our environmental stewardship. This agreement will help us do even better."
Galveston Baykeeper Resigns
If there is one constant in our world, it is change. Just when we find life rolling along smoothly, inevitably, some event rocks the boat. GBK's family of members, volunteers, contributors, staff and board of directors, faces an organizational transition with the resignation of Charlotte Wells, our second and longest tenured Baykeeper.
Charlotte Wells steered GBK as it evolved from a program under Galveston Bay Conservation and Preservation Association (GBCPA) to its current status as a 501 c 3 organization. Donating her time and talents to helping the Bay, Charlotte served many years as GBK's only staff. Through her dedication, funds were raised to support her efforts and expand staffing for the Wetland Watch program. Charlotte's advocacy created many partnerships, both locally and through the WKA network, bringing a stronger voice for the Bay and the Gulf to issues like Clean Water Act violations, recovery following the BP oil spill disaster, POHA dredging operations, and environmental justice. GBK Board and members are grateful for the strong foundation Charlotte created over the past six years and wish her well in her future endeavors.
As we steady our course, Charlotte Cherry returns as our volunteer Baykeeper while GBK looks to hire permanent staff! Our Board of Directors stepped up to manage many of the advocacy issues effecting our communities and waterways, as well as grant proposals and fundraising activities. Volunteers willing to help in the field or in the office can sign up at email@example.com or by calling 281-639-3503.